Unite, Britain's biggest union has slammed the government for its failure to support manufacturing and construction as Britain slides towards recession.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the economy shrank by more than expected, a contraction of 0.2% between October and December.
Unite's general secretary, Len McCluskey said:
“Osborne can’t blame the global economy, he just needs to look in the mirror to see who is responsible. The country faces the worst recession since the 1930s, but this government has done to nothing to support manufacturing or construction.
“Building 100,000 extra affordable homes would create up to 750,000 new jobs and generate extra demand in the economy. Instead this government is slashing the public sector.
“Last year, Germany ordered hundreds of high speed trains which would be built in Germany. Instead our government awarded a massive train contract to Germany at the expense of Bombardier, the UK's last train manufacturer.
"No wonder our growth figures are in freefall when this government slashes spending while doing nothing to support growth and jobs."
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